Updated: September 30, 2014, 4:57 PM ET


By Lee Schechter | Special to ESPNBoston.com


Former New England Patriots safety Rodney Harrison said Tuesday that quarterback Tom Brady looks “scared to death” when he drops back in the pocket to pass.

Harrison, a former teammate of Brady’s and current NBC Sports football analyst, told WEEI 93.7 FM in Boston that it “hurt” him to see the Patriots struggle as badly as they did in Monday night’s 41-14 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Patriots’ offensive line played musical chairs in the loss as left tackle Nate Solder, right tackle Sebastian Vollmer and others were swapped out and moved around at various points during the game. Brady was sacked twice, threw two interceptions and was unable to establish himself in the pocket.

To Harrison, the problem with the Patriots’ offense isn’t as much Brady as it is those who are protecting him and the players he is throwing to.

“Tom Brady can still play,” Harrison said. “But when you surround him — there’s a reason why Brandon LaFell was let go [by Carolina]. He’s not a great player. He’s a young guy, and he has to make his way in this league.

“And Danny Amendola, you look at him, no one ever said he was a great player. He’s always been hurt. The history is behind it. Rob Gronkowski obviously coming off that ACL injury, he’s been hurt. So it’s not like when you look at the Patriots on paper they just have all these weapons and teams are afraid of them.”

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